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  • Flares over ExxonMobil result of ongoing maintenance work

    August 2, 2016 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gigantic columns of flame were visible over the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Chemical Plant on Tuesday afternoon as maintenance work continues at the facility. ExxonMobil officials said last week that intermittent flaring would be visible at the plant at the outset of this week while maintenance continues.... more »
  • Praxair to invest $100M in Geismar facility

    April 28, 2016 9:46 AM

    GEISMAR - Leading global industrial gas company, Praxair Inc., announced Wednesday an investment in excess of $100 million in its location in Geismar. The company says they’re putting the cash into expanding its carbon monoxide production with an aim to support the growing customer demand present in the Mississippi... more »
  • Death toll rises to 24 in Mexico petrochemical explosion

    April 22, 2016 12:31 AM

    COATZACOALCOS, Mexico - Mexico's state oil company has raised the death toll from an explosion at a petrochemical plant to 24. Petroleos Mexicanos had reported 13 deaths earlier in the day. Pemex says 19 other people injured in Wednesday afternoon's blast remain hospitalized. Thirteen are in serious condition. The explosion... more »
  • Noranda alumina plant keeps workers; holds off on possible layoffs until May

    March 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    GRAMERCY - The alumina plant here is hoping to stay open by relying on changes to its operation model but Noranda executives said if changes do not work the company could temporarily close the plant in May. Already, Noranda had announced plans to layoff workers this week but the... more »
  • Gas exposure sickens two plant workers Wednesday Play Video

    March 2, 2016 10:19 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Workplace hazard investigators are looking into if two injured plant workers may have breathed in the dangerous gas, argon, instead of oxygen, perhaps showing that safety equipment was improperly used Wednesday. The unidentified workers were rushed to area hospitals via ambulance helicopters around 9 a.m. Authorities... more »
  • Shell getting underway with $717M expansion at its Geismar plant

    February 17, 2016 4:50 AM

    GEISMAR- Shell Chemical LP is starting a $717 million expansion at its plant in Geismar. Shell officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards say it will create 1,500 construction jobs and add 20 permanent jobs when it opens in 2018. Salaries for the permanent jobs average $104,000 a year. About 650... more »
  • 'Special inspection' underway at River Bend power plant

    February 9, 2016 12:15 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced they've begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Jan. 9th. According to a press released issued Monday, a lightning strike caused a "momentary surge" at the plant's offsite power... more »
  • Crews extinguish fire at pipe facility in Zachary

    February 4, 2016 12:26 AM

    ZACHARY - Firefighters were called to the US Composite Pipe South facility in Zachary just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night. It took the Zachary Fire Department less than 30 minutes to extinguish flames inside the building on Hwy. 61. The cause of the fire, and the extent of... more »
  • Nucor to close St. James plant until prices improve Play Video

    December 16, 2015 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Steelmaker Nucor announced they will close their St. James Parish plant because of sagging market prices for their products, and not reopen until prices improve. Nucor announced the closure during its fourth quarter earnings report Wednesday. It came alongside news to shareholders that the steel... more »
  • Worker dies at fertilizer plant

    December 4, 2015 6:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - CF Industries said a contract worker at their Donaldsonville nitrogen plant died Friday afternoon. Company spokesperson Morris Johnson said they were notified a little after 1 p.m. that the worker was found unconscious in a vessel at a part of the facility which is under construction. ... more »
  • Dongsung make $5 million investment in Lake Charles facility

    December 3, 2015 12:00 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - The South Korea based Dongsung FineTec Co. Ltd. Says it will create 250 new jobs and make a $5 million capital investment in a cryogenic insulation manufacturing facility in Lake Charles. Senior Vice President James Choi said in a news release the jobs will have an... more »
  • Shell Chemical to spend $717 million to expand Geismar plant Play Video

    November 30, 2015 9:52 AM

    GEISMAR- Shell Chemical LP will develop a new linear alpha olefins manufacturing unit at the company's Ascension Parish complex. The project will include a $717 million capital investment and create 20 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $104,000, plus benefits, while retaining 650 existing jobs at Shell Geismar.... more »
  • Huge zoning issue causes controversy Play Video

    October 12, 2015 10:23 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A landowner in Iberville Parish has filed an application to rezone nearly 2,000 acres of land now used primarily for agriculture. The landowner is asking to change the property from residential to heavy industrial. The land, located between River Road and La. 30 has the attention... more »
  • Company IDs workers killed in plant explosion

    October 9, 2015 11:33 AM

    GIBSON - Company officials identified two workers who died in an explosion Thursday at a natural gas plant in Terrebonne Parish. Officials with Danos said 40-year-old Samuel Brinlee of Berwick and 36-year-old Casey Ordoyne of Larose died in the explosion at the Williams Fields gas plant, according to WWL-TV.... more »
  • Update: 3 dead, 2 hurt in plant explosion

    October 8, 2015 1:49 PM

    GIBSON - Authorities said three people died and two others were seriously injured in an explosion at a natural gas plant in Terrebonne Parish Thursday. A representative for the Williams Field Services confirmed the deaths during a press conference Thursday afternoon in Gibson. The plant said contract workers were... more »
  • Trinity Marine workers avoid lay offs Play Video

    October 2, 2015 7:00 PM

    BRUSLY - About 300 workers at the Trinity Marine plant don't have to worry about layoffs after the facility received a new contract within the last week. Lane Ashford runs a machine shop called Triangle Rotating Equipment. He repairs any piece of equipment that breaks, and he works closely with... more »
  • Fire quickly put out at Geismar plant

    September 11, 2015 4:40 PM

    GEISMAR - A chemical plant in Geismar reported a fire around 3 p.m. was quickly put out with no outside response, according to emergency responders in Ascension Parish. The sheriff's office said a fiberglass pipe at Westlake Chemical caught fire inside the plant, and no chemicals burned. Smoke... more »
  • Plant explosion victim son of elected official Play Video

    September 4, 2015 3:07 PM

    GEISMAR - The most seriously injured worker from Thursday night's plant explosion in Geismar is the son of Kenny Matassa, mayor pro tem of Gonzales and a candidate for parish president, according to a representative for his family. Anna White with Matassa's campaign said his youngest son, 34-year-old Nick... more »
  • Four injured, one severely after plant explosion

    September 4, 2015 1:30 AM

    GEISMAR - Authorities in Ascension Parish said four plant workers were injured, one of them severely, when a high-pressure hydrogen line exploded at a plant in Geismar overnight. The explosion caused a fire at the Renewable Energy Group plant around 11 p.m. according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.... more »
  • Trinity barge manufacturer closing in Brusly Play Video

    August 26, 2015 4:13 PM

    BRUSLY - Barge manufacturer Trinity Marine Products said they plan to close their Brusly facility permanently next month, laying off all 283 of their workers. Workers said they learned of the layoffs on Monday. "I didn't believe it at first," said welder Cody Davis. "Then they handed me my... more »
  • Air pollution settlement pays for Ascension Parish solar panels Play Video

    August 5, 2015 6:33 PM

    GONZALES - Energy company NRG spent over $1 million on an Ascension Parish solar project as part of an air pollution settlement. More than 1,000 solar panels were installed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Complex. The facility houses a number of parish government offices with 150 employees. The solar panels... more »
  • Federal agency says 33 injured in Missouri plant explosion

    August 5, 2015 11:10 AM

    MARSTON, Mo. - A federal agency says molten aluminum hitting water is the apparent cause of explosions that injured more than 30 employees at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it's investigating two explosions that occurred Tuesday at the... more »
  • Unusual ground flare visible for miles, officials say no concern

    July 14, 2015 11:30 PM

    GEISMAR - A short drop in voltage - called a power dip - at a chemical plant Tuesday night caused an enormous glow in the night's sky. Numerous people expressed concern about the sporadic orange glow that seemed to almost breathe; starting at nothing, growing to a towering inferno... more »
  • Monsanto considers spending $1B to expand Luling plant

    June 24, 2015 12:13 PM

    LULING - Monsanto Co. has announced preliminary plans for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant. The company said in a news release Wednesday a final investment decision is expected in early 2016. The company said the expansion would take three to five years and allow the plant... more »
  • Thermaldyne to build waste remediation plant near Port Allen

    May 6, 2015 3:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thermaldyne will invest $19 million to develop an industrial waste remediation plant near Port Allen that will create 45 jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. The plant will be Thermaldyne's first indirect thermal desorption facility and will be in the recently established, 200-acre USA Rail and... more »
  • Glow in night sky is plant flare, no emergency

    April 17, 2015 8:19 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The night sky was illuminated with a glowing orange color Friday due to a chemical company's flaring operations. The flame, magnified by the weather, appeared to look like a large fireball. Authorities said it was just a standard plant event at Dow Chemical and there was no... more »
  • Plant should be fully operational a few months after fire

    April 7, 2015 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - Plant officials estimated Tuesday that the Renewable Energy Group plant in Geismar should fully operational again in a few months after a fire damaged part of their production facility and burned two workers. A spokesperson for REG said damage from the April 2 fire appears contained to... more »
  • Plant shut down for repairs after fire

    April 3, 2015 4:27 PM

    GEISMAR - Officials with Renewable Energy Group said Friday that their Geismar plant will stay shut down until repairs and an investigation into last night's fire are completed. The fire at the REG biorefinery on Highway 30 broke out after 6 p.m. Thursday when Louisiana State Police said a... more »
  • Crews will work overnight to cool burn area at plant after fire Play Video

    April 2, 2015 7:03 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police said it appears a plant fire that injured two people Thursday ignited when a seal broke on a valve. The blaze started around 6:30 p.m. and was contained by 9:30. The fire was out by 10 p.m. Overnight, crews were expected to douse the equipment... more »
  • Plant strikes affecting local businesses Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Business owners said their bottom lines are also being affected by a chemical plant workers strike that's in its fourth day in Norco and Convent. Hundreds of workers went on strike at the Shell and Motiva plants there, demanding more pay and attention to safety issues. It's... more »
  • Strike set for Shell, Motiva plants in La.

    February 21, 2015 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur started their strike at midnight Friday.... more »
  • Production start again pushed back for Elio

    January 16, 2015 10:36 AM

    SHREVEPORT - The start date for production of a new three-wheeled vehicle at a plant in Shreveport has been pushed back - again. Production at Elio Motors had been slated to start by March 2015. Now, it is expected to begin in first half of 2016. Founder Paul Elio Paul... more »
  • Concern grows over method to dispose of M6 propellant

    January 9, 2015 9:44 AM

    MINDEN - Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are asking the Environmental Protection Agency for assurances that the open burn method for artillery propellant planned at Camp Minden is safe. Republican Rep. John Fleming said he and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham and GOP Sen. David Vitter sent separate letters to the... more »
  • Elmer Chocolate expanding Ponchatoula plant

    December 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Elmer Chocolate's Ponchatoula plant will undergo a $40 million expansion. The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000... more »
  • Honeywell completes $33M expansion in Baton Rouge

    December 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $33 million modernization project at Honeywell's chemical and refrigerant gases manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge has been completed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies President and CEO Darius Adamczyk announced the completion Monday. The project extended the life of Honeywell's existing facility, retaining... more »
  • Workers monitored at hospital following chemical exposure at plant

    September 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    GEISMAR- Employees at the Rubicon facility on Highway 75 in Ascension Parish are being observed for exposure to nitro benzene. A company spokesperson said there was a release of the solvent when a ruptured disk blew around 1:45 Wednesday afternoon. Six employees were showered on site. Three of the... more »
  • Texas town recovering year after deadly blast

    April 17, 2014 6:50 AM

    WEST, TX - Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools.... more »
  • Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1

    April 17, 2014 6:47 AM

    NASHVILLE, TN - An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight says rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at the Rio Ammunition plant in... more »
  • Botanic Garden to sell plants, help you with your garden Play Video

    April 9, 2014 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Botanic Garden Plant Sale and Gardening Expo is on Saturday, April 12th. Mark Mese and Buck Abby visited WBRZ News 2 at Noon to talk about the event. The 20th annual sale and expo will be from 8:00 a.m.-1 p.m. at 7950 Independence Blvd. Some... more »
  • Master Gardeners help you with your flower bed Play Video

    April 7, 2014 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The April showers came Sunday night. Now the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners want to help you with your May flowers. This weekend is their annual plant sale. It is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. There... more »
  • Texas Co. plans plastic RR tie plant in Springhill

    March 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    SPRINGHILL- Gov. Bobby Jindal says a Texas company plans a $20 million plant to make plastic railroad ties and other railroad products near Springhill. IntegriCo Composites also will move its corporate headquarters from Temple, Texas, to Webster Parish. The company plans to hire 300 people with an average salary of... more »
  • Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico

    March 28, 2014 6:07 AM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nearly a million jars of untainted peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill. The $2.6 million worth of peanut butter is being hauled to the landfill in Curry County this week to expedite the sale of the bankrupt Sunland Inc., the peanut-processing plant in... more »
  • Production begins at iron plant in Convent

    December 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    CONVENT- Nucor Corp. says it has started production at its direct-reduced iron plant in Convent, the first phase of what could become a $3.4 billion complex employing as many as 1,250 workers. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company says production began on Tuesday and has been increasing since. Nucor and affiliates are... more »
  • I-10 in Lake Charles open after plant fire

    December 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    WESTLAKE- I-10 has reopened following a fire at the Axiall refinery west of Lake Charles. The fire has also been extinguished and sources tell WBRZ News 2 some plant workers are headed back into the facility. At about 1:30 Friday afternoon, an incident forced evacuations and a shelter... more »
  • Honeywell to build new plant in Geismar Play Video

    December 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    GEISMAR - Honeywell will build a new auto-refrigerant plant in Geismar. The plant is part of $300 million the company is investing to increase production of a new refrigerant for automobiles. The company says the new product's global-warming potential is 99.9 percent lower than that of the current refrigerant in... more »
  • Explosion site won't be cleared as scheduled

    October 24, 2013 10:37 PM

    SLAUGHTER- Work to clear the site of a plant explosion here is delayed. The Monolyte Lab zone was scheduled to be cleared by this week. Now, it is expected to be finished in November. The plant exploded last year. Crews are having trouble sending the dirt removed... more »
  • Vapors ignited plant explosion

    October 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    GEISMAR- Plant operators at Williams Olefins said Thursday, a vapor cloud ignited after a rupture of a reboiler on June 13 causing the blast that killed two plant workers. The plant released the information through an emailed news release and said company experts are reviewing the issues and considering... more »
  • Close to a year after blast, company has 30 days to finish cleaning up Play Video

    September 25, 2013 9:01 PM

    SLAUGHTER - The Department of Environmental Quality has given a chemical plant 30 days to cleanup after an explosion last November. Monolyte Labs exploded and caught fire late last year. Since then, the company has been collecting and storing hazardous materials inside a number of large tanks that remain... more »
  • Benteler Steel/Tube breaks ground on new plant

    September 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    SHREVEPORT- Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube have marked the start of construction on the company's new $975 million hot rolling seamless steel tube mill in Caddo Parish. The Germany-based company says it's their first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company says the Louisiana site was chosen from more... more »
  • Officials to discuss Miss. as storage place for nuclear fuel

    August 24, 2013 1:05 PM

    JACKSON - A nonprofit group tied to energy businesses says Mississippi should consider becoming a storage place for used nuclear fuel. Representatives of the Mississippi Energy Institute will meet Monday at the state Capitol with the Senate Economic Development Committee. After that, they'll have a closed-door meeting at the Old... more »
  • Plan to buy former GM plant approved in Caddo

    August 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish's Industrial Development Board is set to become the new owners of the former Shreveport General Motors assembly plant. The Times reports parish commissioners voted 11-1 Thursday to allocate $7.5 million in parish funds to purchase the facility, land and mineral rights of the 529-acre property. The... more »
  • Crews respond to chemical leak at plant

    August 23, 2013 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - HazMat crews responded Friday to a reported sulfur dioxide leak at the Rhodia chemicals plant on Airline Hwy. Investigators quickly downgraded their response to a "level 1", meaning there was no impact offsite. Crews planned to set-up air monitoring devices in the area around the... more »
  • Flaring possible this week at Exxon plant

    August 20, 2013 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in north Baton Rouge could see increased activity this week at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant on Scenic Hwy. Officials say the flaring might happen as they shut down equipment for maintenance, and isn't because of an emergency. According to Exxon officials, flaring is an... more »
  • Plant shuting down to leave over 1000 jobless

    August 18, 2013 11:21 AM

    PADUCAH, Ky. - Jim Rodgers assumed his job as an electrician at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant would take him all the way to retirement. For six decades, the government-owned uranium-enrichment plant was synonymous with job security and some of the region's best wages. And yet, with a decade or... more »
  • Lawmakers support $257M deal for Sasol fuel plant

    August 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reversed course and backed a $257 million agreement with a South African energy company to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in southwest Louisiana. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract with Sasol Ltd. without objection.... more »
  • Plant reports chemical release after outage

    August 14, 2013 11:51 AM

    CONVENT - A fertilizer plant in St. James Parish reported a chemical release today after a power outage at the facility. According to an incident report, the Mosaic Fertilizer plant reported the release of sulfur dioxide after an outage at 10:15 a.m., but said there were no injuries. ... more »
  • All roads open after chemical leak prompts scare Play Video

    August 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted. The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
  • Environmentalists: Be sure plant site is clean

    August 11, 2013 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Environmental activists are asking the state to ensure that hazardous wastes left after the closure of a battery recycling plant don't cause any harm. The Exide Technologies Baton Rouge Recycling Center is preparing to shut down. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network has asked the state Department of... more »
  • 5 spectators injured at old power plant implosion

    August 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Authorities say five spectators were injured after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley. Kern County Fire Engineer Leland Davis said Saturday that a man was taken to a trauma center with a severed leg and four... more »
  • Nucor close to completion of iron plant

    July 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nucor is close to completing its 2.5 million-ton direct reduced iron plant in St. James Parish. The plant is set to begin operations late in the fall. The Advocate reports the construction update was part of the company's second-quarter earnings report. The company earned $85.1 million,... more »
  • Sites of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

    July 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several weeks after deadly explosions at two southeast Louisiana chemical plants, one remains closed and the other is partly closed. Officials say it could be months before federal investigators determine what caused the fatal blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to area hospitals... more »
  • "Catastrophic failure" cited in deadly Geismar plant explosion

    June 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    GEISMAR - Investigators claim a "catastrophic failure" in a heat exchanger and associated piping were involved in the fatal Williams Olefins plant explosion on June 13th. Monday, the Chemical Safety Board and Williams-Olefins released their initial findings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) is also completing an investigation into... more »
  • Company releases more details about Friday plant explosion Play Video

    June 15, 2013 12:59 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- CF Industries released more information late Friday about an explosion at its facility in Ascension Parish, the site of a second deadly incident at a plant in the parish in two days. The company identified four of its workers injured in the blast: Courtney Julien, Melvin Singleton, Jeramy... more »
  • One confirmed dead after second plant explosion in as many days

    June 14, 2013 7:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff Jeff Wiley confirmed one person is dead after the second explosion in as many days at a chemical plant in Ascension Parish. Investigators said workers pumped too much nitrogen into a vessel at the CF Industries Plant in Donaldsonville, causing it to rupture before 7 p.m.... more »
  • Firefighters reflect on plant explosion response Play Video

    June 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders in Ascension Parish today reflected on what happened during those first few minutes of the response to the Geismar chemical plant explosion Thursday. "People were literally running for their lives, down Highway 3115, and it was chaos at that moment," said Nathaniel Stephens, Geismar's Fire... more »
  • Plant workers watching explosion investigation Play Video

    June 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    GEISMAR - Many who live and work near the Williams Olefins chemical plant have questions about the explosion there Thursday, and how it could impact them. "The area is high industrial so we're back into work mode, but the impact in the community is still there," says Melissa Hite,... more »

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